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Don’t be a turkey

It’s not great being a turkey, pheasant or grouse  at Christmas, but my Christmas sketch this year isn’t too worried as he’s a protected and valued Capercaillie.  In the same  same way the cloud first world might not seem like a great time to be an IT Professional but there are certain species who are… Read more

After Hours – Canon EOS talking to a Surface Pro over wifi

Please note This an after hours post, specifically about connecting a Canon EOS 6D to windows 8/8.1.  I have written it for two reasons -  so I can remember how to do it and because this you might need to do something like this for a camera enthusiast that you know who isn’t a networking… Read more

Bi Product

I have just read Paul Gregory’s guest post for the TechNet Flash, and the two things that caught my eye was to be bi-lingual and to keep your skills up to date.  I put these two themes together and came up with the title for this post which essentially means being skilled in more than… Read more

Microsoft Free Software – a personal top ten

You might think this will would make for a really short article post but actually  there’s a  huge amount of free tools and resource out there and I have had to restrict myself to a top ten across the server and client,  based on what Simon and I have used.  So please feel free to… Read more

Merry Christmas and a Happy 2012

My Christmas card for 2011 is inspired by a frequent visitor to my back garden the Goldcrest.  The trick to seeing them is to resist the temptation to tidy up and dead head too much, whereas that’s exactly the sort of thing you should be thinking about in your data centre to keep it clean… Read more

Do What You Love

“Happiness lies in being privileged to work hard for long hours in doing whatever you think is worth doing.” -  Robert A. Heinlein, “To Sail Beyond The Sunset” I want to make two comments about that quote; firstly it pretty much sums up working at Microsoft, secondly that is on an e-mail signature of one… Read more


I reckon the IT Professionals working in education have some of the most demanding jobs in in the IT industry, they have to contend with all sorts of privacy and security problems, a multitude of software and with only one or two per school they need to be real Jacks (or Jills) of all trades. … Read more

Discovering Autism with Microsoft Surface

I met Freena Eijffinger again at this year’s at TechEd Berlin after doing some cartons for her film crew last years and she casually mentioned she has been given a Microsoft Surface .  Her company (FreenaNL Multiouch) is developing an application to diagnose autism in children and the robust nature of Surface (it uses cameras… Read more

Social Office

A lot of people who use facebook also use Office so Microsoft Fuse labs have used Azure to provide Office document sharing between facebook users in much the same way as facebook users can now share pictures and videos. I Simply went to and signed in with my facebook account to get started. I… Read more

Is the Tablet PC dead?

I have the luxury of 2 laptops one for infrastructure demos and one for the day to day stuff most of us need to do.  I have added luxury on top of that becuase my day to day machine is a multi-touch tablet (Dell XT2).  Before I get the iPad comparison comments at the end… Read more